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comments and not jumping in the middle of it. >> chris: now from the speaker's conference room, senator marco rubio with the republican response. >> good evening. i'm marco rubio. i'm blessed to represent florida and the united states senate. let me begin by congratulating president obama on the start of his second term. tonight i have the honor of responding to the state of the union address on behalf of my fellow republicans. i'm especially honored to be addressing to be our armed forces, you may be thousands of miles away but you are always if our prayers. state of the union address is reminder how unique america is. so much of human history most people were trapped in stagnant society where a tiny minority stayed on top and no one had a chance. but america is exceptional because we believe every life at every stage is precious. that every one everywhere as a
god given right to go as far as their talents their hard work will take them. for most americans, this ideal is personal. my parents emigrated here for an opportunity to improve their life and give their children a chance of better one. they made it to middle-class. my dad worked as a bartender and my mother as a cashier and maid. i didn't inherited money from them but i inherited something better, real opportunity to accomplish my dreams. this opportunity to make it to the middle-class no matter how you start out in life, it isn't bestowed us from washington. it comes from a economy where people can rick their own money to open their own business and hire more people to help others start a business and create jobs. presidents in both parties from john k.kennedy and ronald reagan that free enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class
prosperity. the president obama, he believes it's the caution of our problems. the economic downturn happened because our government didn't tax enough, spend enough or control enough. therefore, as you heard tonight his solution to virtually every problem we face is for washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more. this idea that our problems were caused by a government that was too small is just not true. in fact, the major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies. the idea that more taxes and more government spending is the best way to help hard working middle-class taxpayers, that is amp old idea that has failed every time it has been tried. no government is going to help you get ahead, it is going told you back. more government is not going to create more opportunities, it's going limit them and it won't inspire new ideas and new private sector jobs.
it's going to create more uncertainty. because it breeds complicated rules and laws that small businesses can't afford to poll because more government raises taxes on employers who pass the costs on to their employees to fewer hours, lower pay and even layoffs. many government programs that claim to help the middle-class often end up hurting them. for example, obamacare, it was supposed to help middle-class americans afford health insurance, but now some people are losing their health insurance they were happy with. because obamacare made expensive requirements with companies for more than 50 employees, they are being forced to lay people off and switch to full time employees to part-time workers. does this mean there is no role for government? of course not. it place a crucial part in enforcing some kind of security against the risks of modern life. but the roam is wisely limited by the constitution.
it can't play an essential roll when it ignores those limits. there are valid reasons to be concerned about the president's plan to grow our government. any time anyone opposed the president's agenda, he and his allies respond by falsely attacking their motives. no matter how many job killing bills we pass, he accuse we want dirty water and dirty air when we strengthen our programs to our states he accuses of letting the elderly defend for themselves. tonight he even criticized us for refusing to pay taxes to delay military cuts, cuts that were his idea in the first place those have us who don't agree with him, but we only care about rich people. mr. president, i still live in the same work is class neighborhood i grew up in. my neighbors aren't millionlionlionons. they are retirees that depend on
social security and medicare. they are workers who have get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay their bills. they are immigrants who came here because they were stuck in poverty and the countries where the government dominated the economy. the tax increases and deficit spending you propose will hurt middle-class families. it will cost them their raises, it will cost then benefits and cost some of them their jobs and hurt seniors because it does nothing to save medicare and social security. so, administrate president i don't oppose your plans because i want to protect the rich. i want to protect my neighbors. hard working middle-class americans who don't need us to come up with a plan to grow the government, they need a plan to grow the middle-class. economic growth is the best way to help the middle-class. unfortunately our economy shrank during the last three months of 2012. if we can get the economy to grow just at 4% a year it would create middle-class jobs and it
would reduce our deficits by almost four trillion dollars over the next decade. tax increases can't do this. raising taxes won't create private sector jobs and no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits almost four trillion dollars. that is why i hope the president will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy. one of the best ways to encourage growth is through our energy industry. of course, solar and wind should be part of the energy portfolio but god blessed america with abundance of coal and nap gas. instead of wasting more taxpayer money on clean energy companies, let's open up more federal lands for safe and responsible exploration. let's reform our energy regulations so they are reasonable and based on common sense. if we can grow our energy industry it will make us energy end. it will create middle-class jobs
and help bring manufacturing back from places like china. simplifying our tax code will also help the middle-class because it will make it easier for small businesses to hire and grow. we agree with the president. we should lower our corporate tax rate which is one of the highest in the world so companies will bring money and jobs back here from overseas. we can also help grow our economy if we have a legal immigration system that allows to us assimilate the best and brightest. we need a responsible permanent solution for those that are here illegally but first we must follow through on the broken promises of the past to secure our borders, and enforce our laws. helping the middle-class grow will require an educational system that gives people the skills today's jobs entail. we need to help local school districts to offer more advanced placement courses and career
training and give all parents especially the parents of children with special needs the opportunity to send their children to the school of their choice. because tuition costs have grown so fast we need the way to pay for higher education. i believe in federal financial aid i couldn't have gone to college without it. it's not spending more money, it's also about strengthening and modernizing them. 21th century work force should not be forced to accept 20th century cailgs education solutions. today's students are not 18-year-olds, they are returning veterans and single parents that decide to get an education to earn a decent wage. we need something that does not discriminate programs like online courses that gives you credit for work experience. when i finished school i owed
hundred thousand dollars, a debt i paid off a few months ago. today many face massive student loans. we must give students more information on the cost of the student loans they are taking out. all these measures are keys to help growing the economy. we won't be able to sustain a vibrant middle-class unless we solve our debt problem. every dollar of a government borrows is money that doesn't create jobs and uncertainty by the debt is why many businesses are not hiring. president loves to blame the debt on president bush but president obama has created more debt in four years than his predecessor did in eight. real cause of our debt our government has been spending one trillion dollars than it takes in every year. that is why we need a balanced budget amendment. biggest obstacle where spending is locked in. one of these programs is medicare. it's especially important to me. it provided my father the care
he needed to battle cancer and ultimately to die with dignity. and it pays for the care my mother receives right now. i would never support any changes to medicare that would hurt seniors but anybody that is in favor of leaving it was the way it is right now is in favor of bankrupting it. republicans have offered a plan. instead of playing politics with medicare when is the president going to offer a detailed plan to help save it. he faces other challenges, as well. we were all heart broken by the recent tragedy in connecticut. we must deal with the rise of violence in our country, but unconstitutionally undermining the second amendment of law abiding americans is not the way to do it. on foreign policy, america continues to be in indispensable to the role of global liberty.
the world is a better place when america is the strongest makes on earth and we can't remain powerfulful we don't have an economy that can afford it. in the short time i've been here in washington, nothing has frustrated me more than false choices the president laid out tonight. the choices isn't just between big government or big business we need an account accountable and efficient government that allows government to create more jobs. republicans have passed a plan that replaces cuts with responsible spending reforms. in order to balance our budget the choice doesn't have to be higher taxes or dramatic benefit cuts for those in need. instead we should grow our economy so we can create new taxpayers and not new taxes so we can help those that truly can't help themselves. the truth every problem can't be solved by the government. many are cause by the moral
breakdown in our society. the answer to these challenges lie primarily in our families and our faiths, not our politicians. despite our differences i know that both republicans and democrats love america. i say we can come together and solve our problems because the choices before us cannot be more important. if we can get our economy healthy again, our children will be most prosperous americans ever. if we do not we will forever be known for the generation responsible for america's decline. at time when one show down ends in short term deals that do nothing about our real problems, some are starting to believe that our leaders won't make the right choices anymore. but our strength has never come from the white house or xol capital. hate comes from the people. a people united by the american idea that if you have a dream and you are willing to work hard nothing should be impossible.
americans ever always celebrated and been inspired by those who succeed but it's the dream of those who are still trying to make it that sets our nation apart. tonight all across this land, parents will hold their newborn children in their arms for the first time. many of these parents life has not gone the way they had planned. maybe they were born in circumstances they found difficult to escape. maybe they have made some mistakes along the way. maybe they are young mothers all alone and father long gone. tonight when they look into the eyes of their child for the first time, their lives will change forever because when those eyes they will see what my parents saw in me, what your parents saw in you, they will see all the hopes and dreams they once had for themselves. this dream of a better life for their children, it's the hope of parents everywhere. politicians here and throughout the world have long promised
that more government can make those dreams come true, but we americans have always known better. from our earliest days we embraced economic liberty and because we did, america remains one of the few places on earth where dreams like these, you can have a chance. each time our nation has faced great challenges what has kept us together was our shared hope for a better life. now, let that hope bring us together again, to solve the challenges of our times and write the next chapter in the amazing story of the greatest nation man has ever known. thank you for listening. god bless all of you. may god bless our president and may god continue to bless the united states of america. >> chris: senator marco rubio, age 41, the senator from florida the son of a bartender and a a a maid, a hispanic and obvious attempt to try to rebrand the
republican party. not the haven and protector of the wealthy the key line in his speech. i don't oppose your plans because i want to protect the rich, i oppose your plans because i want to protect my neighbors. as you saw there was a little bout of nerves and one point he had to stop to take a drink of water. we all understand that. we've had to do that at various points. we ask you to stay tuned to this fox station for continuing coverage on local news and to join jien join me for fox news sunday. there is more analysis on fox news channel. i'm chris wallace and good night from washington.
this is fox 5 news at 10:00. >> it is our generation to reignite the true engine of america's economic growth. thriving middle class. >> president obama addressing the state of the union tonight before a deeply divided congress. we'll have analysis and reaction from capitol hill in just a moment. but first tonight, breaking news in california. the hunt for america's most wanted man appears to be over. police found a charred body inside a cabin. thanks for joining us, i'm
shawn yancy. >> and i'm brian bolter. a former l.a. police officer is believed to be inside following a shootout that killed one deputy. will. >> reporter: good evening. a lot of new information coming in. our sister station in los angeles is reporting a body found in a burned out cabin is believed to be christopher dorner. all day, all eyes remained on a remote now burned out cabin 30 miles south of a california mountain resort community, big bear lake. dorner, the ex lapd cop was wanted for a total of four murders. law enforcement says sometime in the last few days, dorner broke into a cabin where his truck was found burning, holding them until this morning. police say one of them managed to escape and alert deputies. they say he stole a pickup that belonged to one of the women. fish and wildlife officers spotted that stolen pickup and
tried to stop it. police think it was dorner and he took off on foot after exchanging gunfire with the officers. hours later, police say they managed to corner him here, a cabin, and a gun battle broke out. two sheriff deputies were hit. the other required surgery and is expected to be physically okay. remember this. police say dorner posted a rambling manifesto online vowing not to be taken alive. police say they pumped tear gas into the cabin late today and eventually deployed a vehicle to rip down the walls. by the time they got to the last wall, authorities heard a single gun shot and then flames began to spread. just a short time ago, investigators confirmed a body was found inside that cabin. again, authorities believe it is dorner, police say he killed the daughter of a former l.a. police captain involved in his firing along with her fiance. a police officer who was simply stopped at a stoplight doing his job and now today, a sheriff deputy.
brian. >> what about this cabin, investigators thinking he preplanned putting weapons and ammunition there? >> investigators are talking to the people who own the cabin. here's what we're learning. authorities did a search of the cabin a couple of days ago as part of the overall man hunt. didn't find anything. investigators doubt he was able to preposition anything like guns or ammo. instead, he probably grabbed what he could from that stolen pickup and ran into the first cabin he came upon. >> will thomas tonight. the other big story tonight, president obama introduced a number of proposals for his second term in tonight's state of the union address. the president spoke to the country and a deeply divided congress tonight on capitol hill. among his plans, increased federal spending to fix the nation's infrastructure. the first increase in the minimum wage in six years and expansion of early education. he also called on lawmakers to work together to create jobs and strengthen the nation's
middle class. he highlighted his push for gun control reform. >> let's be clear. deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan. a growing economy that creates good, middle class jobs, that must be the north star that guides our efforts. gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. >> fox 5's tom fitzgerald is live with reaction to the president's address. tom. >> good evening. as you might expect, already party lines are seeping in to how both sides view this speech. democrats are saying that what the president had to say was far reaching and in many times, made the mark.
republicans quickly will tell you they saw this address by the president tonight long on talk and short on specifics. you just heard it a moment ago, the president laying out his package for job creation. but that was hardly the only topic the president touched on tonight. education was a main center piece of this speech tonight. the president laying out education as the corner stone. on foreign affairs, he admonished north korea and talked about having the number of u.s. troops stationed in afghanistan this year and then completely ending the war in afghanistan by next. on the subject of sequestration march 1, if congress cannot reach a deficit deal. 445,000 jobs in virginia, d.c., and maryland area could be affected. local lawmakers here were quick to react to that point. republicans saying that the president was not specific about how both sides can come
together on a deal. democrats are saying that the president already made concessions and called on republicans to do the same. >> i think the president has been prepared, has offered a balanced solution to meet it. he reiterated that today. he reiterated that it should not go into effect and very frankly, a lot of republicans notwithstanding what some may be saying who is saying the so quester is an alternative we can take. it will hurt the country. it will hurt the economy and we shouldn't go there. and very frankly, we have been in session now some six weeks, not one bill have the republicans put on the floor of the house to avoid sequestration. >> we need a plan. we need leadership to make sure this is set aside. i was disappointed i didn't hear specifics from the president on how we were going to do that. >> on the issue of guns, you heard the president lay out a long list of places where gun
violence has erupted in this country. aurora, colorado, littleton, and most notably in our area, blacksburg, virginia, and the campus of virginia tech. when they came out tonight, lawmakers on both side of the aisle had a very different view on where this debate goes, not tonight, but tomorrow. on wednesday, when they get back to work and begin to debate this again. republicans are saying they heard nothing new tonight. democrats are saying this was a change on how this country is going to view gun control. >> i think the president said let's vote, let every member of congress go on record and how we should pass reasonable laws. why do we need these large clips? i think, why shouldn't we have background checks of those not entitled to own a gun or not given a gun. i think these are sensible approaches. >> no, i have to tell you, the president used an example of a murder in chicago to make the argument for gun control.
chicago has the strongest gun control laws in the country and the highest murder rate. you can't control violence with gun control laws. it just doesn't work. the president should start doing the real changes we need, dealing with exposing our children to violence on tv, exposing our children do violence and video games. this is where the problem begins, it's not from guns. >> and there you see the dividing line. two lawmakers, one republican from maryland. in the maryland state house, now governor martin o'malley proposed his own gun control ban, which mimics and goes beyond president obama's in some respects. tomorrow, the president hits the road going out across the country to sell many of the proposals he unveiled tonight. shawn. >> i we'll have much more coming up in this newscast. thank you. this address is one of the most important of the year for any president. fox 5 political analyst watched it and the response. mark, start with a little bit of news, hoping to raise the federal minimum wage.
is that a reality? >> we'll see. any question that you are going to ask me, brian, depends on the republican house voting for anything that the president wants to do and they usually don't go along and i don't think they'll go along with this. he said that 19 states have a higher state minimum wage. he wants to rise it to $90. it's the most proorganized labor thing he has ever said in the first term and now going into the second term. >> we talked about deficit reduction and of course, left out the part about raising taxes. it seems like the president talked about a lot of things that we've heard about, particularly gun control. did you hear anything beyond the minimum wage that may be breaking news here or is it simply trying to lay out his agenda? >> he sort of spaghetti on the wall. hopefully you throw out a lot of proposals and it sticks.
since the inauguration and now in this speech, people saying double down on the democratic party agenda or giving liberal or popular speeches. he's much more confident. he's much more assertive. he did talk about manufacturing. but i see a president that is not backing away from what he feels is a populous and fair and sensible program. the problem he has is, there's a democratic senate that would go along with him, but there's a republican house that wants to stop him at every turn. >> well, john boehner is being quoted as saying that obama lacks the guts to make the tough calls in the country's growing deficit. does the president have what it takes to get in there and get dirty? he's not running for president again, so it's now or never. >> it's how much he wants to negotiate. he drew a line about medicare and he didn't mention social security. but in terms of making the
spending reductions, even on entitlements, he's not prepared to do. i do want to raise another thing of local concern, brian, the mayor called somebody at the highest level of the white house, not the president. they asked him to make one brief mere mention of budget autonomy and once again, d.c. got stiffed. the mayor, the president made no elusion to d.c., even when he talked about democracy in berma. >> they are asking me to wrap it up, marco rubio, what did you see tonight? there are people making fun of him online for having to reach for that glass of water. he's relatively new, i think. >> no, look, he's not a performer. he needed a drink of water. i'm glad he had it rather than gag up and not being able to speak. the point with him was he is 41 years old. he is the darling of the republican party. for the first time ever, he
prerecorded the speech in spanish and what he is saying to the rest of the country is, the republican party is not hostile to hispanic people and i got elected and i have a political future and we're not going to exclude hispanics. that was his purpose. it was a combattic speech, but i thought he put himself very well. >> mark tonight. as we just heard, the official gop response came from the junior senator from florida, marco rubio. he talked about republican values, including raising taxes and bigger government. >> more government isn't going to help you get ahead, it's going to hold you back. more government isn't going to create more opportunities, it's going to limit them and more government isn't going to inspire new ideas, new businesses and new private sector jobs. it's going to create uncertainty. >> senator rubio talked about his hispanic heritage and what it means to work hard for
something. the chance to be middle class comes from a free economy. our coverage is far from over. still ahead, we go back to the capitol to get more reaction and we are monitoring facebook and twitter to see what you are saying about the state of the union. it's all still ahead. might have been surprised by how warm it was today. hope you enjoyed it. now we're looking at the possibility of snow. sue is in the weather center now. >> did you like that warm weather? >> it was great. >> it really was. it gave you a touch of spring fever. we are talking snow coming into the picture. but those temperatures today will be important, because getting up to 60 means pavement is warm. we are thinking by this time tomorrow night, there could be snow around here. the nearest moisture is in south side virginia. i'm not expecting it to get in here for the morning. sometime around the noon hour tomorrow, it is going to be light rain. we're watching a system, trying to get organized around the